Pottsgrove Schools Offer Free Breakfasts Again
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Free weekday school breakfasts will soon be distributed to all interested students attending Pottsgrove schools under a “universal” program authorized by Gov. Tom Wolf through the end of the 2022-2023 school year. A total of more than 1.7 million learners statewide are expected to take advantage of the meal deal.
The cost of feeding students breakfast, whether or not their families meet otherwise customary financial qualifications, is being covered by $21.5 million remaining in Pennsylvania’s School Food Services General Fund. Pottsgrove School District Superintendent Dr. David Finnerty said Pottsgrove would participate in the program, during comments at the Tuesday (Sept. 27) meeting of the Board of School Directors.
Finnerty added, however, that the breakfast program “does not affect a student’s eligibility status” – whether free, at reduced cost, or at full price – for school lunches. Families interested in qualifying for free or reduced price lunches for their students must complete an online application form on the district website, here.
Students were last offered free meals at schools between March 2020 and the end of 2021-22 school year, due to coronavirus pandemic-related approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Wolf’s office cited statistics on Sept. 9 that showed breakfast consumption increased by 16 percent during 2021-22, when schools were fully in-person and breakfast was universally free, compared to the 2018-19 school year when free breakfast was not universal.
That 16-percent difference was important to Wolf, he said. “It is completely unacceptable for a child to start the day hungry,” the governor noted in announcing the new program, which officially took effect Oct. 1 (Saturday).